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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,284 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001)
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

TeamAlphaDoG, Jun 08, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

I_am_liz, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of JohnBeerRun
1/5  rDev -70.6%

JohnBeerRun, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours to a clear pale-golden, forming a whispy white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Swirling the heavily compacted yeast and adding it adds just a touch of cloudiness, but certainly less that I would expect for the style. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is "American Wheat" which means disappointment...no bananas, cloves or anything interesting. Some non-descript fermentable by-products, a few esters, toast, dirty ashtray, and the unmistakable odor of urine after drinking 24 ounces of truck-stop coffee. Boring and disturbing. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Taste begins with spicy floral flavor hops, followed by a bad adjunct bite, bready yeast, some fusels, a hint of clove, and a herbal bitterness of medium intensity.

I think the UFO stands for "Undrinkable Fleischmann's Obscenity".

Horrible crap. Pyramid even looks good compared to this utter shit.

Mitchster, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of LambicKing
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

LambicKing, Dec 31, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of abeerwiseguy
1.86/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 12 oz bottle from Harpoon Brewery - Boston MA and Windsor VT. Label reads Hefeweizen - Unfiltered Wheat Beer. No date stamp and sadly no ABV on bottle. Beer Advocate lists the beer at 4.8%.

Poured into a pint bar glass with a hazy golden color and very little head.

Aromas of grain and some yeast and citrus. Not impressive.

The flavor profile is a real disaster in my opinion from start to finish. First the tongue is assaulted with an unwelcome very bitter taste with some very slight lemon and then biting finish with little flavor.

The mouth feel is very uneven and lacks any real body or redeeming value. It has medium to high carbonation but little on the flavor side to support it.

Overall this example is way below what I have come to expect from both German and American brewers of this style, such as Paulander's Hefe-Weizen amd Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen.

abeerwiseguy, Sep 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

psykad, Dec 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Superbar, Jul 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of CorvetteMike
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From bottle to glass golden color with slight head.
a: Golden color, 0.5" head
s: Mild wheat smell
t: Orange taste
m: Wheat beer taste, not appealing to my taste, some aftertaste
o: Not a fan of wheat UFO

Purchased only one bottle, and that was enough.

CorvetteMike, Apr 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straw yellow, maybe a touch darker, and cloudy. The head is virtually non-existent and dissipates rapidly with no lacing.

Smell: Can of corn, slightly yeasty.

Taste: Sweet and malty, like a really sweet malt liquor. It's too sweet, as if it had Sweet & Low in it.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, boring.

This beer tastes like a sweet malt liquor and is really crappy. Most any beer is better than this unless it's a malt liquor.

donmonkey1, Jan 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

cowineaux, Jan 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

purppy, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of finepaws
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a hefe? I almost thought I was drinking a macro swill. I've had american ales, flying dog's in heat wheat is great. What were these guys thinking? It poured a cloudy yellow as expected, but very little head. There was no fruity, banana, maybe some wheat, but barely. I was very disappointed. Once again a 6 pack I need to pass on. ufo is a good name for this. It's definetly out there.I don't recommend letting it get warm either, then you have a nice salty, sweat taste....mmmm.

finepaws, Sep 20, 2004
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

ngingras, Mar 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

TheCzig, Jun 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Ranz, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My other 4th of July beer, it's big shoes to fill after the Full Sail Pale Ale.

Aroma-Cloudy yellow/orangish body. One finger white head with nice retention and some lacing.

Smell-Wheat, some light spice and some skunk.

Taste-Bland is shit. This beer sucks. What is this beer? Pale Wheat Ale? Hefe? It's not even a good hybrid of the two. Very subtle citrus and hops. Some wheat. Just very boring, wasn't even worth finishing the beer considering it cost me 1.50.

Mouthfeel-Watery, prickly, way to much carbonation. Very unpleasant, had to choke it down.

Overall-I just let this beer sit in the heat for about 20 minutes after drinking about 6oz and ended up pouring it out. Stay away from this horseshit beer.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 05, 2011
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2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours and an opaque pale custard color. Decent foamy white head that leaves several lace rings before fading to a thin skim.

Smells like light grain, dry cornbread, moldy yeast and popcorn. Smells like a county fair actually.

Crist with light grain, mild burnt yeast and lemon in the middle. Chex mix aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and grainy.

No clove, no banana. Overall, fizzy swill that needs a lemon or an orange to be palatable.

donkeyrunner, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of LennyV
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden yellow into my Harpoon IPA pint glass. Big 4 finger head minimal lacing.

Smells a little bitter.

Taste is unremarkable. Somewhat bitter but nothing much else going on.

Feels decent in the mouth good carbonation.

This beer would be good for non-craft drinkers. It reminds me of a macro-brew. I love wheat beers but this one left me wanting more.

LennyV, Dec 03, 2008
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2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special here. Yellow and moderately cloudy in color with a small white head. Slightly sour, musty flavor to it and it wasn't all that refreshing, especially for a "refreshing" type of beer. I did taste a bit of lemon as well but the beer in general was quite weak and watery. I enjoyed their IPA so I'll just stick to that one if I'm going to get a Harpoon.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of BigD1972
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a cloudy yellow/amber

not much of an aroma..slight hint of banana

this hefeweizen pales in comparison to others i have tried. not much flavor, pretty bland actually. I have come to like the hefeweizen style of beer. (Long Trail makes one of the best I have tried) but I will take this one off of ,y list of beers to drink.

Very disappointing brew from a good brewery.

BigD1972, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of nortmand
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours milky pale golden with very little head.
Smells like what I imagine my wife smells when she says "It smells like beer." Slightly astringent, a wee bit of clove.
Tastes like ham. A bit salty maybe and a smoky flavor that can only be described as, well, ham. Also, ends really bitter. Very off putting all-around.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but otherwise OK.
That ham flavor makes this beer far less drinkable than it could be. I'm sure this is a great beer in MA, but just didn't survive the trip to MI very well. I look forward to trying this fresh in Boston.

nortmand, Jul 10, 2005
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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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